FAQs about the Looking for Alaska Movie

by John Green on July 21, 2006

Before we get to the day’s proper blogging, My dear friend Dean has recently taken a break from constantly complaining that I don’t link to his web site often enough to begin improving this Web site in various ways. For instance, I now apparently have an RSS and/or Atom feed, whatever those are. More exciting improvements forthcoming.

Also: Tuesday is the last day for you to enter the Contest Contest, wherein the person who suggests the best idea for a Contest to give away copies of “An Abundance of Katherines” will themselves win a free autographed advanced copy of “An Abundance of Katherines”

But about that movie: Lately I have gotten a lot of questions about the “Looking for Alaska” movie, and so I thought I would answer some.

Q. Is “Looking for Alaska” being made into a movie?
A. That depends on what your definition of is is. About a year ago, the movie rights for “Alaska” were sold to Paramount, with Josh Schwartz (who created The O.C.) agreeing to write and direct the movie. The producers are also really great. Things are moving forward, but it will be quite a while before a movie starts shooting, so don’t start standing in line outside your local theater just quite yet. (Incidentally, did you know that famous author Cecil Castellucci stood in line for like four months for Star Wars: Episode I?)

Q. How do you feel about the idea of “Alaska” being a movie?
A. Good. I think Josh is a very good writer, which helps keep me from worrying. But regardless, you can’t worry too much about these things. To me, a book and the movie it is “based” on are only tangentially related. I’ve never been worried about the movie being an accurate adaptation of the book–partly because I’d rather have the movie be good than faithful, and partly because I don’t think it’s possible to make an adaptation that’s “true” to a book. There’s no way Alaska will look on screen like she looks in your head, is what I’m saying. And that’s okay.

Q. Who is going to play Alaska? Pudge? Takumi? Do you think they’ll cast the movie with people from The O.C.? Will Mischa Barton play Alaska? Etc.
A. I have no idea who will play anyone, but I rather doubt the cast of The O.C. will be featured in “Alaska.”

Q. Have you met Josh Schwartz?
A. I have.

Q. Is he really really hot?
A. He’s a nicely put together fellow.

Q. Is he hotter than Seth Cohen? Does he look like Seth Cohen?
A. Let’s talk about issues of substance. (Also, this is not really one of my areas of expertise.)

Q. Will there be any open casting calls?
A. I don’t know. But if there are, I will certainly let you know via this very blog.

Q. Do you know what’s going to happen next year on The O.C.?
A. No. Honestly I don’t even know exactly what happened this year on The OC, because we’re always busy on Thursdays and so I wait for the DVDs to come out.

Q. Marissa dies.
A. Thanks, jerkface.

Q. Everyone says that Hollywood is dirty and horrible. Do you agree?
A. I don’t know. It has its dirty and horrible parts. And I would never move there on account of how it seems to work out poorly for people in my family. But some of the writers I like the most live and work in Hollywood, and through the “Alaska” movie project I’ve met some people who I really admire. My experience has been very, very positive.

Q. So far.
A. Right. So far. You’re quite pessimistic, aren’t you?

Q. It’s my nature.
A. Fair enough. Any other questions?

Q. I think that’s it.
A. Okay. Well if anyone else has any questions, they should feel free to leave them in comments.

{ 118 comments… read them below or add one }

Codie November 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I think Emma Roberts would make a really good Alaska :) x


Heidi April 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

NOOOO!! emma roberts no! she already came out in “the art of getting by” AND “Its kind of a funny story” both really good books. she should NOT be alaska!! i feeel like everyone expects emma roberts to play alaska! in my opinion, they should cast a cast that nobody has herd of. Not typical celebraties. Just my opinion :/


Renata December 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I really like Kaya Scoldedario as Alaska and Josh Hutcherson as “The Colonel”


Salihah December 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

YESSSSS. I agree with you 100%.


Punita January 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach ennethgilment.


Parker February 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

We should start a petition thing to force Josh Hutcherson in this role.


Ayanna January 2, 2014 at 2:29 am

I had the same image in my brain as I was reading the book :o.


Emily kate January 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

yes i think you’ve done well at picking her! ive seen her face once or twice over on tumblr and i think she’d play the part really well !


Lisa March 9, 2014 at 2:22 am

Yes! 100% agree!


jennifer grenfell January 26, 2014 at 6:53 am

Logan Lerman and Jennifer Lawrence


Parker February 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I can’t disagree with you anymore.


Katy March 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

YESSSS Logan and Jen!!!!


Dhea April 18, 2014 at 5:51 am

Fuckk yes!


Hannah January 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I think Britt Robertson would be a great Alaska (if you’ve seen the movie “The First Time” you’ll agree, and Josh Hutcherson would be perfect as The Colonel, and Logan Lerman or Dylan O’Brian would rock as Pudge. Boo Boo Stewart (yes, that’s his real name) is who I picture as Takumi, and as for Lara, maybe an undiscovered actress would be a nice addition to the movie. But whoever acts in it, I’m super stoked for this movie !


Emily February 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm

YESSS! i agree completely!


Briana Parra January 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I love all your work its unquie and well amazing n I think you should use kaya (idk her last name ) as Alaska she is a very prominent towards this movie I hope you take this toward ur consideration Thankyou :)


Alyssa January 31, 2014 at 1:45 am

Juno Temple would be an amazing Alaska


Emmie February 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Personally I think Sasha Pieterse would be a good Alaska. Josh Huterson definately as The Colonel.


Harley February 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I have no idea when this blogpost came out, but THERE HAS TO BE AN “ALASKA” MOVIE!!!! My fancast? Emma Stone as Alaska Young. Josh Hutcherson as Colonel. Logan Lerman as Pudge/Miles. You can disagree all you want, but that would be as close to perfect as it could get.


Kellie April 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Yes. This is perfect.


anonymous February 20, 2014 at 4:13 am

kaya scodelario would be great as alaska! shes great in skins and she’d be great in this movie, i hope they make one!!!


Serena February 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

It should be Sasha Pieterse or Emma Roberts for Alaska, Josh Hutcherson for the colonel and definitely Pudge as Dylan O’brien. It would be amazing cast.


Tom March 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Not to seem like I’m suggesting a cliche idea, but Jennifer Lawrence would be a good alaska.


Jackson March 24, 2014 at 9:13 am

I agree, totally.


Grace March 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Honestly, I couldn’t bear to see anyone but myself play Alaska. They just wouldn’t do it right, you know? I even have the eyes xDDD


Amira March 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

am I the only person who thinks Chloe Moretz would be great as Alaska? while Will Poulter as Pudge and Josh Hutcherson as the Colonel. it would be greattttt


Katherine March 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I think Looking For Alaska would be an amazing movie, but it can not be any better than the book!


Maryell March 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

If I can pick for the cast, I’d pick Kaya Scodelario for Alaska, Freddie Highmore for Pudge, Dave Franco for Colonel, Vanessa Hudgens for Lara, and Justin Chon for Takumi (?)


Cas March 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I read the book looking for Alaska and I thought it was amazing. I loved the characters and as I was reading it and Alaska came into the story I felt like me and her were really similar. I love her as a character and I’m really similar to how you described her. I look a lot like how you said her characteristics were and I’ve always had a dream of acting. I fell in love with Alaska’s character and Id love to audition to play her in the movie. Do you have any information on casting for the role? It would be an amazing opportunity for me:) thank you


Rimas March 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

i’d say logan lerman or dylan o’brian for pudge, alexandra daddario for alaska, and maybe undiscovered actors for takumi and colonel, and an undiscovered actress for lara?


Creta March 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I think Logan Lerman as Pudge and Kaya Scodelario as Alaska would be perfect along with Josh Hutcherson as The Colonel. Either way, cannot wait for this movie!


Madison March 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I love your book Looking For Alaska. I think we have a love hate relationship going on. You write the most amazing book and then kill my favorite characters. Lol but I still love ya.


alli April 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

Please if there’s casting let us know because i adore Alaska’s character


Ann April 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I would really like to see an open call casting calls for Alaska, it’s be cool to see new faces :)


heidi April 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm

YESSS!!!!!!!! <3 nooo typical celebrty faces!!


Hannah April 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

I think Alexandra Daddario would be the best Alaska


Deni April 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I loved this book so much :-)
My cast list:

Alaska: Lucy Hale or Katy Perry
Pudge/Miles: Josh Hutcherson
The Colonel: Kellen Lutz
Takumi: Justin Chow
Lara: Nicole Gale Anderson


Deni April 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Oops, I meant Justin Chon


Heidi April 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

im sorry but why does everyone want jennifer lawrence & all these known typical celebrities as alaska or pudge or the colonal?? Kaya Scodelario, she would be a good alaska. she has that pale skin & eyes that go threw your soal type of eyes. I feel like Logan Lerman already got his time in Perks Of Being A Wallflower along with Josh & Jennifer in Hunger Games. having ALLL those stars shine together, i feel like it will OVERPOWER the movie & once we see it, it will be just mehh because we expected soooo much from these amazig actors & actresses!! We need an alaska that when you see her, shes beautiful. When she smiles, you can feel the warmth but smell the cigarettes & booze shes been smoking & drinking. She wont need to have special effects done to her. We’ll know its her because she will have THAT natural look. along with Pudge, The Colonel & everyone else. Please, God Please dont put Emma Roberts. She had her time in BOTH Its Kind Of A Funny Story & The Art Of Getting By. She was ok in both. Does anybody see what I mean :/


Olivia April 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Michelle Trachtenberg as Alaska!


Megan April 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I hope y’all realize this article was written in 2006.


Kayli April 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I think Dylan O’Brien should play Miles. I would love to play Alaska or at least have a chance to audition for her, so John if there are any open auditions please let me know!


Liz. April 18, 2014 at 1:33 am



Liz. April 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

Also, I want to play Alaska. I would love to. Better fit than many other actresses.


Crystal April 19, 2014 at 1:30 am

In most books I’ve read, Kaya is almost always used in the fan edits for the female lead (Mara Dyer, Looking for Alaska, etc.) She just fits every role perfectly. She just has that look. In this picture of her: http://weheartit.com/entry/220593 , I just can’t. Like this is entirely Alaska.
I wouldn’t want Josh Hutcherson in the movie at all, though. I’m not a fan of his even though I am completely obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence at great lengths. I don’t find his square shaped head and shortness attractive. If the movie consisted of all new faces, it would be splendid.


Mikaylah April 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

Omg looking for alaska would be an amazing movie and a sad one just like TFIOS


Angela April 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I started reading Looking For Alaska yesterday and i finished it this morning. It was seriously one of the best books i have ever read. I was really hoping it would be made into a movie. Any chances on that? It would be a huge hit!


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